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6 Powerful Reasons to Go on Retreat

6 Powerful Reasons to Go on Retreat – The Art of Living Consciously

  When was the last time you took a retreat? I don’t mean a vacation or a day off. I mean an actual retreat where you focus on your personal growth and spirituality. No idea what I’m talking about? We get so distracted with daily living; kids, jobs, a broken dishwasher, remembering to send birthday…

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Is this your summer of growth? Join me for a workshop or retreat!

Is this your summer of growth? Join me for a workshop or retreat!

  I’m so excited to lead several retreats and workshops this summer at the Wiawaka Holiday House on beautiful Lake George in New York! Workshops and retreats are powerful vehicles for personal growth. Many people find a lot of value in learning within a community of like-minded people. If you want to take a leap…

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How to Accept Criticism Gratefully (or at Least, Gracefully) Part 2

How to accept criticism gratefully (or at least, gracefully) Part 2

  In the previous article, we discussed the difference between consciously accepting feedback and unconsciously reacting to feedback. But what if you feel the feedback is truly harsh? What if you feel insulted? What if you feel it’s unfair?   Now that you’ve learned the basics of consciousness around feedback, let’s put that to the test…

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How to Accept Criticism Gratefully (or at Least, Gracefully) Part 1

How to accept criticism gratefully (or at least, gracefully) Part 1

  You were just given some negative feedback, and you’re feeling defensive.  Maybe your boss didn’t like a project you submitted, or your spouse criticized the way you’re dressed, or your mother disapprovingly commented on the way you’re raising your children.   What do conscious vs unconscious responses look like?  This reminds me of Goofus and…

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How to Give Loving Feedback

How to Give Loving Feedback

  In my last post, we discussed how to determine whether feedback is warranted. This alone can make a huge difference in improving relationships! So, let’s say you’ve determined that giving feedback in a situation makes sense. How do you deliver it in a kind, loving way? Take ownership of what you’re saying Understand that…

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The Art of Conscious Feedback

The Art of Conscious Feedback

  “Don’t care what anyone thinks about you!”  Have you heard advice like that? I have, and I think it is an absurd notion. After all, we are social beings. We are wired to care what others think of us.  However, “Care only about what others think about you!” is an equally absurd notion.  So,…

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Why “Winning” an Argument is Impossible

Why “Winning” an Argument is Impossible

  When you get into an argument or conflict, do you try to win?   Do you think that you are right, and the other person is wrong, and if only you could convince them of that, all would be well?   I call this the win-lose mentality, where we want to win and the other person…

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What to do When You Feel Triggered

What to do When You Feel Triggered

  Triggers are a hot topic these days.  Maybe you have become aware you experience unpleasant emotions when you’re exposed to certain behaviors, topics, or words.   You might notice you get agitated and reactive and tend to blame the other person for this. “You triggered me!” You then might get controlling and want the other…

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A Few Principles for Conscious Communication

A Few Principles for Conscious Communication

  Communication might be the single most important skill we can develop to improve our relationships.   However, most of us struggle to communicate in a way that helps us be understood by others.   This happens for any number of reasons.   It helps if we know why we’re communicating.   Are we talking without any point or…

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Do you have a good relationship with YOU?

Do you have a good relationship with YOU?

  A lot of us don’t acknowledge that we have a relationship with self. I think of this as the invisible relationship, because who’s relating to who?   We tend to have the cruelest relationship with ourselves. We often say things to ourselves that we wouldn’t say to anyone else. “Why did I say that?!” “I’m…

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